Crosswinds Farm & Creamery
There are typically 125 cows here, of one age or another. They are mostly brown (Brown Swiss) with a few black & white (Holstein) or some combination of the two, which might range from nearly black to chocolate to orange. We started farming in 2003 with a small group of Brown Swiss and purchased a group of Holsteins. We love the Swiss for their higher protein milk, great feet & legs, ruggedness, low somatic cell count (this means they produce higher quality milk), and docile personalities (generally speaking). Wanting a herd with more Brown Swiss, we’ve crossbred our Holstein cows with Brown Swiss bulls, and continue to breed these animals back to Brown Swiss. Today, about 85% of the herd is Swiss, which is really exciting to us!
Our Brown Swiss cows are the heart of our farm – our days revolve around their needs! We strive to feed them a balanced diet, keep them comfortable, happy, and healthy. By handcrafting cheese from their milk, we are able to feed our community directly, and give you a personal connection to your food! By supporting our farm, you are also supporting the 100+ local businesses with which we regularly do business. Much of our farm has been built from re-used or recycled materials & equipment, and we have a solar thermal hot water system to reduce our fossil fuel use. We try to balance economic & environmental sustainability to ensure that our farm will be feeding our community for years to come.